As most of you already know, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had to be removed from the ice by stretcher late in the second period.
He collided with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and fell to the ice, skidding into the net. As you know, those bars are incredibly hard.
Stamkos tried to make his way off the ice under his own volition, but that was not to be. After trying to make it to his feet, he almost immediately fell and began pounding his fist into the ice.
Lightning head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan examined Stamkos on the ice and determined that he could not return. After being carried off the ice on a stretcher, he was transported to a local hospital for x-rays.
Here is another look at the collision.
The Lightning posted this to their Twitter page.
Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia during this afternoon’s game at Boston. He is out indefinitely.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 11, 2013
It is unknown at this point how many games Stamkos will need to miss, or if the break will require surgery to repair, but as soon as more information becomes available, we will bring it straight to you.
As of now, it is being reported that center Valtteri Filppula will be taking Stamkos’ spot on the first line tomorrow in Montreal; however, this can always change at game time. There is no word on a call up yet, but we will get the news to you as soon as it comes down the pipeline.